Like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron before it, Captain America: Civil War isn’t exactly an adaptation of the comic book series it takes its name from. There are definitely similarities however, and while the story plays out very differently, the movie frequently pays homage to the source material and borrows certain things from it.
Released in 2006, Civil War was and still is the biggest event ever published by Marvel, and it shook up their comic book universe every bit as massively as the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been altered by the events of this first Phase 3 release. However, fans are inevitably going to be disappointed and annoyed by this not being a straight up adaptation.
So, with all of that in mind, what are the most surprising and potentially controversial differences between Captain America: Civil War and Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Civil War comic book? A breakdown of the biggest alterations (and the way they’re referenced in very unexpected ways) can be found here, and it goes without saying that
10. Iron Man Isn’t The Villain
Iron Man certainly had his fair share of supporters in the Civil War comic book, but as the story continued to unfold, his actions became more villainous and the tide really started turning against Tony Stark.
In fairness, a lot of what Captain America did as he battled against the Superhuman Registration Act was just as extreme, but it was Iron Man who came out of this tale despised by a lot of the same fans who loved him before its release!
With Robert Downey Jr. being such a beloved part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and a major box office draw), you can understand why the studio decided against making him a bad guy in this movie, and his beliefs and actions on the big screen are easier to get behind.